“Dante, at age 19, read “”A Confederacy Of Dunces,”” the novel for which John Kennedy Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize and whose obnoxious main character, Ignatius J. Reilly, fails miserably as a hot-dog vendor. Nevertheless, Dante thought the enterprise had a certain charm.
His travels brought him to the Pacific Northwest in the fall of ’95. After tending tables and toying with a non-profitable business (or two) … at the age of 30 he again turned to the novel idea of slingin’ dogs.
Launching in the Summer of 2000, he and his dog Josie ran just the one cart for the first 5 years.
Now, Dante’s Inferno Dogs operates 10 units in and around Seattle with a focus on privately catered hosted events. In addition to artisan hot dogs and sausages, the menu has grown to include 100% Angus beef burgers, freshly baked pretzels, dirty chips, ice cream, and concession rentals.
After 15 plus years of service, performing at events both large and small, indoors and out, Dante’s has been seen all across the state of Washington.
*** A percentage of all Inferno Dogs operations goes directly to area Food Banks, Boys & Girls Clubs, and The Betty Ford Scholarship Foundation.”